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This page will provide you with a listing of all the newest pages, changes, additions, new pictures, and recent comments from other viewers so you can keep up to date. I will plan to add and/or review new techniques, magazine articles, equipment, references and anything else that I think will be helpful to you in your endeavor to build the best model railroad possible. Contributions from other model railroaders are encouraged. I want this to be your website as much as it is mine. Sharing your stories here is the key to its success.

New and Updated Pages:

Jan 09, 2020

0-6-0 Vintage Steam Locomotive and 3 Passenger Cars

Price: $49.00 for the locomotive and 3 passenger cars. This old vintage Lionel O-scale steam-powered passenger train was found in a friend's attic along

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Jan 03, 2020

Model Railroad Control Panel

How to make a model railroad control panel with remote turnout switches, accessory switches, turntable controls, etc. for your model railroad layout.

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Jan 03, 2020

Blue Ridge and Southern Model Railroad Photos and Videos

Here are some photos and videos of my BR&S RR - a work in progress, but also a labor of love.

Continue reading "Blue Ridge and Southern Model Railroad Photos and Videos"

Dec 28, 2019

Tracks #004

A free monthly newsletter all about model railroading from the author(s) of Building-Your-Model-Railroad.com

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Dec 23, 2019

Model Train Supplies

Many of the model train supplies that you will need to build your model railroad can be found on this page.

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Dec 20, 2019

Christmas and Trains

I ran this article on the Blog a few years ago. When I reread it again recently it was still fun to be reminded of this history. So I thought my BYMRR readers might like to see it again...


Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year!
From www.BYMRR.com

--> Here is a great article about the history of toy trains and model railroading and why trains are so commonly associated with Christmas...

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Dec 14, 2019

Transportation Safety

Real life information about how to use technology to create safety for transportation workers sponsored by Netradyne.

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Dec 12, 2019

How to Reduce Risk from Common Driving Infractions

Here is another article on our series of "Using Technology for Safety in Transportation".

Driver safety is one of the biggest challenges fleet managers face today due to the frequency of road accidents.netradyne.com

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Dec 11, 2019

Drive-In Theater

How to build an actual working drive-in theater for your model railroad layout.

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Dec 08, 2019

Actual N Scale working Drive In Movie Theatre

Have built three N scale layouts, 3 x 4, 4 x 4 and 3 x 6, basically all from scratch. The pics attached are from my 4 x 4 layout and depict an actual

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Dec 05, 2019

Using Technology for Safety in Transportation

This article is not directly related to model railroading, but it does have to do with real-world safety of transportation workers. I figure any way that we can use technology to make things safer for these and other employees, especially if it's efficient and affordable, should be promoted or at least made discoverable by those in the field where it could be studied and considered.

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Dec 01, 2019

Tracks

Tracks - a model railroad newsletter containing new tips, pics and tricks published every month to help model railroaders everywhere to better enjoy the hobby.

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Nov 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving to all of my model railroading colleagues, supporters, visitors and friends. I am always amazed to see that I have so many visitors from all around the world. Without all of you, there would be no need for this site. So, I truly appreciate all your visits and I hope to continue to provide as much new information as I can to help you enjoy the hobby even more in the months and years ahead. Enjoy the Season and Happy Railroading!

Nov 24, 2019

Model Railroad Decals

How to find and use model railroad decals for a more realistic train layout.

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Nov 21, 2019

Sound Effects for Model Railroads

All about sound effects for model railroads, including various sound systems available, and tips on creating your own railroad sound system.

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Nov 17, 2019

New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show

NYBG is ramping up for another great Holiday Train Show. If you live in New York or are visiting there for the Holidays, you must see this! I promise you will be amazed and awe-inspired. The show starts on November 23 this year.

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Nov 17, 2019

Lehigh Valley Model Railroad - Wyoming Division

Chuck Davis' Lehigh Valley Model Railroad, Wyoming Division, is every modeler's dream layout - a great inspiration!

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Nov 15, 2019

Model Railroad Software

Various types of model railroad software are available which may be helpful for developing actual or virtual layouts.

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Nov 12, 2019

Upcoming Train Shows and Events

Check out the planned train shows and events scheduled around the Holidays! Find one near you!

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Nov 09, 2019

Model Railroad Yard

This page contains all the ins and outs about building a basic model railroad yard for your train layout.

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Oct 31, 2019

Tracks

A digital newsletter containing lots of new or updated tips and information about model railroading

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Oct 30, 2019

Model Railroad Photos: Tutorial

All about how to take great model railroad photos – the best tools and techniques.

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Oct 27, 2019

New Web Design

BYMRR has undergone some major design changes. But don't worry, the content is all still here. You can find all your favorite pages either from the Navigation Bar on the top or on the left side. Also, you can use the Search Page. I hope you like the new design. Let me know if you have any problem with it.

Oct 15, 2019

BYMRR Survey

Survey of the BYMRR website to gain input from viewers on what they would like added or changed to make the site more useful to them.

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Oct 09, 2019

Model Railroad Turntable

How to add a model railroad turntable to your train layout

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Oct 07, 2019

Train Songs

Have you ever noticed how many train songs there are out there? There must be hundreds, if not thousands, in all genres of music. It just goes to show you how much trains and railroads have been part of our lives. Airplanes and ships aren't referred to in songs nearly as much as trains. There is something nostalgic and romantic about trains, sad and happy at the same time - taking lovers away and bringing them home. A great website All About Vinyl Records written by a friend of mine, Danny Sandrik, includes a section about train songs. What a great walk down memory lane it is to hear great musicians play these not-so-old train songs! Check it out...

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Oct 01, 2019

Train Art: The Art of Model Railroading

Train Art: photos, paintings and posters to inspire you as you build your empire.

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Sep 29, 2019

Model Railroad Backdrop

How to make a model railroad backdrop.

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Sep 23, 2019

Seaboard Railroad Station

This restored railroad station in Suffolk is now a museum containing a large 2-room model railroad accurately depicting the area and the time when the station was at its peak.

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Sep 22, 2019

Easily made pine trees

See youtube how i make the big number of fast made nice pine trees. http://youtu.be/-xu9OoMBTyI After some practice i make about 10 in an hour, costing

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Sep 10, 2019

Building Your Model Railroad

Your favorite model railroading website has been undergoing major renovations and improvements in recent weeks! Links fixed. Many pages updated. Pages load much faster. And More. If you haven't been here for a while, it might be worth a recheck...

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Sep 06, 2019

3D Printing

3D printing is a great way to create unique 3D models or parts for your miniature model railroad in any scale.

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Jul 25, 2019

Building a Website

Describes the basic process of building a website for your model railroad club or to display your own train layout, and what's required to accomplish this.

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Jul 21, 2019

Lionel Double Tower Floodlights

I am building a baseball stadium with lights. I recently purchased 2 Lionel Pug and Play Double Floodlight Towers (6-82013). I am confused on how to supply

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May 01, 2019

Question

Hi, I purchased HP0587 (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Evemodel-New-1-87-Model-Train-ho-scale-diy-Universal-Train-Undercarriage-accessories-HP0587-model-building/32824012590.html) from aliexpress. Now, clueless how to fix it to engine chassis as the undercarriage does not have any screw/nut or slot to do this. Please help me on this if someone has got any idea/experience. mailto:ranjaymit@gmail.com

Aug 19, 2018

Wiring Tip

Mark sends in this wiring tip...

In the communications world, common practice is to home run everything to a punch block. Run wiring controls to a second block. Cross connect the two as needed. If you make a mistake wiring, fix it at the cross connect point. Works for me!------------------------------

Apr 08, 2018

Getting Started - An HO Layout with 2 Mainlines

One of my visitors asked about this recently. Clink on the link below and go to the bottom of the page to see my reply.

I would start with 2 regular HO train sets - ...

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Mar 03, 2018

Backdrops

A good source for homemade backdrops would be Bob Ross' "Joy of Painting" series, available for free (legally!) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxcnsr1R5Ge_fbTu5ajt8DQ------------------------------

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Jan 20, 2018

Model Railroad Signals

This page was inaccessible for a while for some reason, but has now been restored. If you've been looking for information about setting up a signal system for your layout, here it is!

Continue reading "Model Railroad Signals"

Jan 19, 2018

Lighting Effects Update

Woodland Scenic has developed an easy method of installing lights on your model railroad. See more about it here..Just Plug Lighting System - A newer easy method of installing lights almost anywhere on your layout.
***Click here for more info and ordering links on this page.

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May 21, 2017

Vehicles from "Top Gear"

I have designed a number of vehicles from the hit BBC show Top Gear and have made them available for purchase on my Shapeways page (https://www.shapeways.com/shops/optimal-inceptions?section=Railroad+Scale+Models&s=0).

I believe your readers would find my models a unique addition to their railroad sets.

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May 16, 2017

Questions from John in NY...

John writes in that he hasn't done anything related to model railroading for 30 years. Life does get in the way sometimes unfortunately.

Two questions..1. What to use for a train board. I think the best thing to use is 1/2 inch plywood supported by benchwork about 30-45 inches high depending on your preference of whether you want a bird's-eye point of view or a more horizontal point of view. On top of the plywood, I like to use sheets of extruded foam cut to fit the size of the plywood. You can add several layers of sheets, so that you can dig out valleys and rivers out of the foam. You then have to paint the foam a tan color and then add grass and other foliage. I have found the above method to be the best for me after building four fairly large layouts. There are many other ways to approach this however. Check out the Benchwork page on this site to learn more.

2. Should I use analog or DCC? I personally like DCC, because you can operate the trains individually, whereas with analog wiring, when you turn the power on, all the trains move – unless you have multiple blocked off sections. The wiring is more cumbersome with analog, but DCC is more expensive. I think DCC is much more realistic as far as operation of the railroad is concerned and it is easier for one person to operate several trains at one time.

This is just my opinion. There are many others who like analog better because they don't have to mess around putting decoders in all of their locomotives, or sending the locos off to have someone else do it for you. Learn more on the Wiring and DCC sections of this website.

Thanks for writing and good luck on your resurgent interest in model railroading. It's the greatest hobby in the world!

Mar 16, 2017

Railroad in a Bar !

A fantastic idea for a small model railroad layout in N scale

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Nov 13, 2016

Using Atlas Selector and Controller with EZ track

Will the atlas selector#215 and controller #220 work on EZ track? Please Respond. I'm having a heck of a time trying to find something to wire up my switch turn outs....

[I'm not sure. I don't have any first hand experience with that, but I don't know why not. If anyone has done this before, send me an email at gjwarth@mac.com so I can add it here. - Ed]

Nov 13, 2016

Looking for an expert model railroad landscaper

i am looking for help from an expert model landscaper to build a desert landscape on a table 10x10 feet. i want to only build the landscape without the train tracks.Thank you for your help.
martinroth02@gmail.com

Jul 24, 2016

Send in Your Photos!

It has come to my attention that many of you have tried to send in photos, but they haven't been coming through. If you are one of those, please resubmit those photos or videos as an attachment to my direct email address: gjwarth@mac.com. If I haven't responded or posted them to the site within a week, that means I didn't get them. Please send a follow up email to me to let me know. Thanks for your patience. I do want this site to be interactive and to be able to easily show off your photos to the world and especially to other model railroaders, who, like myself, are always interested in what other people are doing.

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May 04, 2016

Trees from jute twines

i Build trees from jute ropes/twines. have you tried that method? http://www.amazon.in/Trees-Jute-Twines-Prabal-Sharma-ebook/dp/B01E5XTHBK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460537867&sr=1-1&keywords=model+train+tree

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Dec 13, 2015

Christmas and Trains - Why do they go together?


Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year!
From www.BYMRR.com

--> Here is a great article about the history of toy trains and model railroading and why trains are so commonly associated with Christmas...

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Nov 28, 2015

TRAX

If you are looking for a great track planning and design program that...

1-doesn't cost a fortune (It's free!),

2-can be used on a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux operating system,

3-is easy and fun to use and

4-tells you exactly what you need to buy after your track plan is completed,

Then check out the following website!...

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  1. 0-6-0 Vintage Steam Locomotive and 3 Passenger Cars

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    Price: $49.00 for the locomotive and 3 passenger cars. This old vintage Lionel O-scale steam-powered passenger train was found in a friend's attic along

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